Gonorrhoea

What is it?

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that affects the genitals and sometimes the eyes.  Rarely it can affect the joints.

It is passed on through unprotected anal and oral sex (both giving and receiving) and rimming.

How can I prevent it?

Using condoms and plenty of water based lubricant will greatly reduce the risk of getting gonorrhoea from anal and oral sex.

How do I know if I have gonorrhoea?

Many people don't notice symptoms, especially with gonorrhoea of the throat or rectum, but 2 to 7 days after being infected you might notice pain when urinating and a discharge from your penis or rectum.

Is there treatment?

You will need antibiotics which includes an injection as well as tablets that you only need to take on one day.

Untreated gonorrhoea can lead to infected testicles or to arthritis.  Having gonorrhoea also increases your risk of catching HIV.

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